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The burden of COPD in Africa: a literature review and prospective survey of the availability of spirometry for COPD diagnosis in Africa.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19702594     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To ascertain the known burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Africa and of spirometry use to indicate the possibility of further unpublished data becoming shortly available. METHOD: Literature review. RESULTS: Screening of 132 articles yielded 22 relevant articles, of which only six used spirometry based data. A total of 106 physicians in 34 countries were contacted and only 23 reported satisfactory use and availability of spirometry. CONCLUSIONS: Current estimates of COPD burden in Africa are based on an unreliably small dataset. Acquisition of further data will require substantial investment in lung function equipment and training.
Anushka Mehrotra; Akanbi Maxwell Oluwole; Stephen B Gordon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1365-3156     ISO Abbreviation:  Trop. Med. Int. Health     Publication Date:  2009 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-08-25     Completed Date:  2009-09-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9610576     Medline TA:  Trop Med Int Health     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  840-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Africa / epidemiology
Health Care Surveys
Physician's Practice Patterns
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Prospective Studies
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / diagnosis,  epidemiology*
Risk Factors
Spirometry / utilization*

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